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Wisdom Teeth Pain Relief: How to Find Comfort

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Remember teething as a baby? Most likely not. But you can empathize with infants when your wisdom teeth start arriving. The sensation is similar to what teething tots experience: tender gums, aching teeth, and pain. But, unlike baby teething, wisdom teeth discomfort might signal some potential dental health issues.

We'll set you wise on the ways of wisdom teeth, oral problems they can cause, and, most importantly, measures to relieve wisdom tooth pain.

Wisdom Teeth 101

Wisdom teeth typically make their grand appearance between ages 17 and 21 – though they possibly can push through earlier or later. Wisdom teeth got their name because they come in when you're more mature (at least more mature than when your other permanent teeth came in). You might also hear wisdom teeth referred to as your "third molars."

As your four wisdom teeth erupt from your gums, you might feel some discomfort. However, wisdom teeth eruption can cause pain and various complications. So, it's wise to talk to your dental professionals when these third molars start coming in so you can get the optimum care possible.

Wisdom teeth issues include partial or no eruption and growth at incorrect angles, even sideways, resulting in:

  • Impaction radiating pain
  • Cysts developing around the impacted tooth, damaging roots and destroying bone
  • Tooth decay (cavities) stemming from food becoming trapped
  • Gum disease because of difficulty cleaning between your teeth
  • Infections when bacteria can swoop into the gums
  • Crowding your teeth

For many, wisdom teeth removal might be the best option, mainly because problems might flare up later. Again, consult with your dental provider. In the meantime, you'll want to stop your wisdom tooth pain!

Wisdom Teeth Pain Relief

Depending on your preference, you can use natural pain-relief remedies or pick up an over-the-counter medication.

Saltwater Rinse

Rinsing your mouth can help you find wisdom teeth pain relief, so try this simple remedy:

  1. Mix a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Stir to dissolve the salt.
  3. Swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 to 60 seconds before spitting it into your sink.
  4. Repeat as necessary throughout the day.


Numbing wisdom teeth is a simple way to dull the pain. This is particularly true if the pain is disrupting your day and doesn't seem to settle down via other methods.

Consider spreading a gel-based topical anesthetic, such as benzocaine, on your gums where wisdom teeth protrude. You'll get the best results if you use a cloth or gauze to dry the area before adding the gel. Apply as needed throughout the day.


Any over-the-counter pain reliever can help you get rid of that throbbing sensation so that you can concentrate on your day. But because ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, it can work best. Be sure to always read package directions, especially where dosages are concerned.

Although there are easy ways to rid yourself of wisdom teeth pain at home, it's essential to know most pain-relieving measures are a temporary fix. You'll still need to make an appointment with your dentist to determine if your wisdom teeth should stay or go. Your dental provider can tell if it's wise to remove them so they won't cause oral problems – either in the moment or later in your life.

Oral Care Center articles are reviewed by an oral health medical professional. This information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 

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